There truly is something for everyone during a visit to the Shenandoah Valley, and outdoor enthusiasts have such a wide variety of activities to put on their to-do list they will have to plan multiple visits to get to them all! Over the coming weeks we will highlight just a few of the major outdoor adventures you can enjoy in the Valley.
May is National Bike Month and the weather couldn’t be more perfect in this part of Virginia for logging some scenic miles. Biking organizations around the region will be celebrating with a variety of events and promotions. Bike Month is sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists and was established 1956. Then and now, Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate cycling, showcase its many benefits, and encourage people to try it for the first time or renew their childhood love of riding a bike!
Communities up and down the Shenandoah Valley recognize the value of biking facilities and biking culture. Families, women and children are increasingly joining more seasoned cycling enthusiasts with a steadily-growing system of greenways, paved trails, Safe Routes to Schools programs and women’s cycling groups taking to the sport.
Whether you want to hit the road with your own plan or take roads already scoped out by other enthusiasts, there’s plenty of information about events, good routes and ways to connect with other riders. The Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition offers everything from ice cream social rides, night rides with glow sticks, bike to work day, bike to school day, a costume bike ride and bike to worship weekend to just name a few activities. For a complete listing, visit: http://svbcoalition.org/bike-month/.
If it’s pre-planned routes you’re looking for, Bike the Valley has a wide range of resources for on-and-off road bike routes, scheduled rides, clubs, bike shop listings and safety tips. Staunton is a natural spot to use a home-base for your Valley biking adventures, with great routes in every direction and perfect amenities like boutique lodging, farm-to-table food options and entertainment within steps of hotels like the Frederick House.